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The Dam Busters (1955)

Approved  |   |  Drama, History, War  |  16 July 1955 (USA)
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The story of how the British attacked German dams in WWII by using an ingenious technique to drop bombs where they would be most effective.

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Doctor B. N. Wallis, C.B.E., F.R.S.
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Mrs. Wallis
Charles Carson ...
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Stanley Van Beers ...
Sir David Pye, C.B., F.R.S.
Colin Tapley ...
Doctor W. H. Glanville, C.B., C.B.E.
Frederick Leister ...
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Eric Messiter ...
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Laidman Browne ...
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Raymond Huntley ...
Official, National Physical Laboratory
Hugh Manning ...
Official, Ministry of Aircraft Production
Patrick Barr ...
Captain Joseph (Mutt) Summers, C.B.E.
Edwin Styles ...
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Hugh Moxey ...
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Anthony Shaw ...
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Basil Sydney ...
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The British are desperate to shorten the length of WW2 and propose a daring raid to smash Germany's industrial heart. At first the objective looks impossible until a British scientist invents an ingenious weapon capable of destroying the planned target. Written by Dave Jenkins <david.jenkins@smallworld.co.uk>

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The story of the "bombs that had to bounce" - and the air-devils who had to drop 'em! See more »

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Drama | History | War

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16 July 1955 (USA)  »

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The Dambusters  »

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Trivia

Footage used to show the bombs as they skipped on the surface of the water towards the dams was drawn from footage of the bombs being tested. Backspinning the bombs gave them gyroscopic stability when skipping across the water, then held them against the dams as they sank. To conceal the backspin, which was still a state secret at the time of filming, the bombs in the footage were painted over frame by frame. See more »

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The Lancaster shown flying over the Derwent Reservoir is not a Dam Busters aircraft, in that it has bomb-bay doors and a mid-upper turret, both missing from the AVRO Lancaster Mk.IIIs Type 464 (Provisioning) aircraft used in Operation Chastise. See more »

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Flight Lt. H.B. Martin, DSO, DFC, AFC: [looks out cockpit canopy at the Moehne as the attack formation arrives, and flak starts coming up] There it is, boys. Bit aggressive, aren't they? Someone's woken them up. What do you think about it, Bob?
Flight Lt. R.C. Hay, DFC: My goodness. It's... It's big, isn't it? Can we really break *that*?
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Inspired Star Wars sequence, despite the dog's name.
20 March 1999 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

It appears that the attack sequences in The Dam Busters were the direct inspiration for the attack on the Death Star in the first Star Wars film. Some of the dialogue is word-for-word, and it is very interesting to watch these two films back to back.

Also, in the original edit of the film, the dog's name (a black labrador) was a historically accurate but socially unacceptable "Nigger". One edit changed the spoken word to "Trigger," while another release cut all scenes with the offending word. This was unfortunate, because parts of the plot became unintelligible -- the dog's name was one of the code-words used during the attack.


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